The Keanu Neal plan: Six Gators players who could turn into first-round picks with strong 2016

Who will be this upcoming season’s Keanu Neal?

Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby (30) runs past the East Carolina defense including nose tackle Mike Myers (92), and defensive back Terrell Richardson (22) for a touchdown on a 32-yard pass play during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby (30) runs past the East Carolina defense including nose tackle Mike Myers (92), and defensive back Terrell Richardson (22) for a touchdown on a 32-yard pass play during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Neal benefited from a strong junior season at Florida and NFL combine performance to become a first-round pick in this year’s draft. Is there a current Gators player who could improve his draft stock enough to become a first-round pick in the 2017 draft? Continue reading “The Keanu Neal plan: Six Gators players who could turn into first-round picks with strong 2016”

Power rankings: What Gators position groups are most reliable, least reliable after spring?

We’re past spring practice, but still far away from the start of fall practice.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain watches a play during a spring football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)
Florida head coach Jim McElwain watches a play during a spring football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

So what do we do? Let’s take a step back and take a look at where Florida’s position groups stand after the spring. Continue reading “Power rankings: What Gators position groups are most reliable, least reliable after spring?”

Florida Gators: 3 things we learned from first full spring scrimmage

The Gators held their first full spring scrimmage Thursday.

Running back Mark Thompson receives a handoff during the Gators' first day of spring football practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Allison Deutch
Running back Mark Thompson receives a handoff during the Gators’ first day of spring football practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Allison Deutch

For the first time since the scrimmage, Jim McElwain addressed the media Monday. It sounds like McElwain came away from the scrimmage with a smile on his face. Continue reading “Florida Gators: 3 things we learned from first full spring scrimmage”

Notebook: Gators OT Fred Johnson looking to show growth in spring

GAINESVILLE — Fred Johnson towers over most of his offensive line teammates.

Florida offensive lineman Fred Johnson (74) stands on the field during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Florida offensive lineman Fred Johnson (74) stands on the field during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Royal Palm Beach alum is listed at 6-foot-6 weighing in at 315 pounds. But if you take a look at him during Florida’s spring practices, Johnson seems to be a lot bigger than what he’s listed at. Continue reading “Notebook: Gators OT Fred Johnson looking to show growth in spring”

Florida Gators 2016 spring practice preview: Tight ends

With the start of spring practice inching closer — March 9 — we’ll take a look at the state of each position. We focus on the tight ends today, and shift to a different position each day leading up to the start of spring practice. Continue reading “Florida Gators 2016 spring practice preview: Tight ends”